Ali finished work early yesterday, so dropped into the cafe on his way home. He had come to show me a copy of the local Turkish newspaper which had done a little story about us, accompanied by nine photos of him. We were both quite proud, so decided to ask my colleague Ed to take a photo of us together.
A welder at a boat-and-sub-building yard adjusts her goggles before resuming work, October, 1943. By 1945, women comprised well over a third of the civilian labor force (in 1940, it was closer to a quarter) and millions of those jobs were filled in factories: building bombers, manufacturing munitions, welding, drilling and riveting for the war effort.